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From a lodging point of view Jongomero offered a private and quiet location shared only with a small group o fcamp guests, an attractive riverfront setting, large and attractive bush tents with creature comforts such as hot water showers, and gourmet style meals served at the table, pleasant game viewing, excellent birding, and a nature friendly philosophy.
In spite of unseasonable copious quantities of rain, we were able to squeeze in some game viewing in between the overcast skies and showers. We loved Jongomero’s rustic elegance, riverfront location, soothing river sounds, spacious and comfortable tent accommodations, tasty meals and friendly and efficient staff.
Class Of Accommodation Luxury bush tents
General Manager Craig Harebottle
Handicapped Access Not wheelchair accessible
Length Of Stay Two nights
Location In the Ruaha National Park in Tanzania
Owned-Managed Charles Dobie
Size There were eight tents and 30 staff including three guides in the three hectare property.
Year Opened-Renovated The camp was established in 2003
There were two sculptures by Rob Glenn, one of three giraffes and another of a buffalo.
An oversize zippered screen door led to an inviting covered deck that faced the Sand River. To one side there was a wide lounge chair for two with a thick cushion bottom and two extra large cushions. On the other side there were two canvas lounge chairs and a wood table.
We preferred to be out and about game viewing during our visit to Jongomero. But if there were heavy rains our tent was an agreeable place to spend our leisure time.
The Jongomero dining room staff stood out for their helpful and attentive service and pleasant demeanor. For lunch we had spicy fish cakes, tomato and bacon salad and potato salad with fruit salad for dessert one day. The second day we had chicken satay with peanut sauce, tomato, green pepper, and cabbage salad with apple tart for dessert. Dinner was slightly more elaborate. One evening the chef prepared Moroccan lamb and peas.
We were pleasantly surprised to discover a modest selection of wines from South Africa and France available for purchase including six whites, one rose, and one sparkling wine. These ranged in price from $25 to $70. There were eight red wines including a well known Meerlust Rubicon for $65 and a Chateax neuf du Pape Domaine Mathieu 2001 for $75.
Facilities There was a swimming pool, bar and indoor dining area.
Pool An elevated anti-hippo pool near the entrance of the camp had a striking view of the Sand River. There were lounge chairs with towels for guest use as well as shady and a sunny spots poolside.
Jongomero was at the time of our visit the only camp in Ruaha authorized by the park service to make its own tracks (although that area was impassible during our visit due to the rains). There were three guides on site. Our assigned guide was Priscus. Vehicles were assigned a maximum of six guests.
We saw dik dik, elephant, giraffe, impala, water monitor lizard, lion, leopard, zebra and Nile crocodile.
Birds we saw in order of appearance: white-winged widowbird, fork tailed drongo, sand grouse, grey lourie, hadida ibis, helmeted guinea fowl, slate colored bou bou, paradise whydah, emerald spotted dove, grey headed sparrow, African harrier hawk, coucal, African houp, woodland kingfisher, firefinch, African grey hornbill, Meyer brown parrot, bateleur (eagle), broad-billed roller, yellow-breasted apalis,
Other The water in our tent was from a bore hole (well). It was filter cleaned twice and was potable. Although bottled water was available on request, we were encouraged to drink the chilled filtered water the camp staff supplied in a thermos to keep recycling bottles to a minimum.
On our second day at Jongomero we received a small lined notebook each with a personalized note from the staff. The notebook was made by deaf artisans at the Neema Crafts workshop in the town of Iringa.
Date Of Last Visit February 2007
ReviewersArticle by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Service Our tent was serviced twice daily, a morning cleaning and an evening turn down service. Our server in the dining room was helpful, friendly and courteous. Priscus was patient, knowledgeable and always willing to stop at our request.
Would You Stay Again? Yes